President Tsai congratulates Japan's Fumio Kishida on winning party vote

09/29/2021 11:32 PM
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Fumio Kishida. Photo courtesy of Kyodo News
Fumio Kishida. Photo courtesy of Kyodo News

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who also chairs the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), on Wednesday offered congratulations to Japan's former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on winning his party's presidency, according to DPP spokeswoman Yen Juo-fang (顏若芳).

In her capacity as the DPP chief, Tsai congratulated Kishida on his victory in the presidential election of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday, Yen said at a press conference held in the party's headquarters.

Kishida, 64, defeated rival Taro Kono, currently minister for administrative reform and regulatory reform, in the second round of voting, with 257 votes to 170.

Since the ruling LDP holds a majority in the parliament, Kishia is expected to be elected Japan's prime minister, succeeding Yoshihide Suga in early October.

Tsai said she hoped that after Kishida assumes his role, the DPP and LDP will continue deepening their exchanges while promoting the development of both Taiwan and Japan, Yen added.

Speaking to CNA Wednesday afternoon, Taiwanese scholars said that cooperation between Taiwan and Japan will likely continue after Kishida takes office in October.

Kishida has openly expressed support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations such as the World Health Organization, noted Kuo Yu-jen (郭育仁), a professor at the Institute of China and the Asia-Pacific of National Sun Yat-sen University.

In a debate with other LDP presidential candidates earlier this month, Kishida expressed welcome to Taiwan's application to join the Tokyo-led trade bloc, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, Kuo noted.

In addition, Kishida has also said Japan and Taiwan should strengthen bilateral collaborations, including on security issues, Kuo added.

According to Kuo, Kishida is likely to continue the foreign policy of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, focusing on the country's alliance with the United States in the face of China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Similarly, Lu Hsin-chi (盧信吉), an assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of International Politics of National Chung Hsing University, predicted that Japan would continue promoting its relationship with Taiwan as it works with the U.S. on taking a tougher stance on China.

(By Chung Yu-chen, Yeh Su-ping and Teng Pei-ju)

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